Hi, I’m Irena — founder of The Boonly and writer of your weekly newsletter. This is how I’d introduced myself just a few years ago.
My career defined me, and I didn’t see anything wrong with that. Everyone else is doing it, right?
But one day life forced me to stop working. I moved to another country. Became a mother. The pandemic happened.
I wasn’t able to work and I felt like I was failing myself. Like I wasn’t worthy. Not good enough.
I didn’t want to let this feeling get the best of me.
So, I asked myself: What brings you joy, Irena?
And the answer was surprisingly simple: Sundays.
All the little things around the last day of the week: baking, going for walks, practicing mindfulness… Experiencing all the ordinary things was the best way to take my mind off work and enjoy my life.
Also, throughout the week, I would bookmark every piece of insightful content found online.
Sundays were my precious time when I could sit and peacefully enjoy all the gems gathered.
After I read something inspiring, I would share the link with my friends and family.
If anybody wanted to read something nice to their morning coffee or tea, they knew I’d have something insightful for them.
I quickly became their go-to person for insightful online content. This felt nice. And it got me thinking:
“Hey, people like this. Why not help more people read joy-bringing content?”
And that’s how The Boonly started: